Once again bk2hk’s celebration is coming upon us and we want to take this opportunity to thank all of those individuals who have helped us through out the years to spread kindness to those around us. Be Kind to Humankind was born in August of 1988 and turns 30 years old this year!! With your help and with the help of those before you, bk2hk has reached many thousands of people through out the world!! It’s astonishing yet true that one person has created this celebration and it has grown year after year. I am that person and in 1988 I was 30 years old, now 30 years later I’m 60 years old and I continue to be very humbled to see what wonderful things people do to help us promote kindness. Please remember to remain kind throughout the year, not just this one week! A little kindness goes a long way. Make the decision to be kind. Study our daily affirmations and continue to practice these ideas every day and add ideas of your own! Thank you again and enjoy this celebration of being kind to others.
It’s hard to believe that BK2HK is 26 years old! I created it in 1988 when I was 30! I can’t get over how fast time passes by. I just want to ask you to slow down during Be Kind to Humankind Week and take the time to share your good thoughts and good deeds with others. I wish that we could incorporate this way of thinking all year round, its very difficult to do. But if we can give it a try, be mindful of our words and actions towards others, well that would be great! It would be the start of a very good thing.
Be well, be Kind.
What is Love? Slow down for three minutes to read this. It is so worth it. Touching words from the mouth of babes. A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, ‘What does love mean?’. The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think.
‘When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore.. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.’
Rebecca- age 8
‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.
You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’
Billy – age 4
‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’
Karl – age 5
‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’
Chrissy – age 6
‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’
Terri – age 4
‘Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.’
Danny – age 7
‘Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss.’
Emily – age 8
‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.’
Bobby – age 7
‘If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.’
Nikka – age 6
(We need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet!)
‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every day.’
Noelle – age 7
‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’
Tommy – age 6
‘During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’
Cindy – age 8
‘My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’
Clare – age 6
‘Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’
‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford .’
Chris – age 7
‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.’
Mary Ann – age 4
‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’
Lauren – age 4
‘When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’
Karen – age 7
(What an image!)
‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.’
Mark – age 6
‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’
Jessica – age 8
It has been a simply horrible situation for so many people since hurricane Sandy left it’s mark. The East Coast has been hit hard by the storm. Thousands are homeless. Many are still without power. The gasoline lines remain very long. A lot of people are loosing their patience and fighting over gasoline, and there has been looting. I heard a story yesterday about some people pretending to be emergency personnel just so they can have immediate access to gasoline! Others are stealing gasoline from car tanks!
Although there have been many negative stories in the news, there has also been positive stories being reported. Stories of people going to great lengths to help others.
Below are some links to different sources of help. Additional help for individual townships would most likely be accessible through your town halls. Please continue to try and maintain your patience. Our resolve is tested in these difficult times! I guess taking one day at a time is the best thing to do.
Well, another summer has come and gone and much too quickly for those of us who enjoy the hot weather! I also hope that everyone had a great summer season and that it was filled with good times and good things! BK2HK had a very successful celebration in August with many inquiries sent to me asking how they could participate in BK2HK’s week long observation of kindness and the ways that they could implement kindness in their communities!
One young lady, Jessica M. from Muscatine, Iowa said that she would be out and about in her hometown spreading the news about BK2HK! She asked me if I had any handouts…so I mailed her some fliers, business cards, magnets and pens to hand out. Jessica was so happy to have received them, and said afterward that her efforts were a great success! She told me that not only did people stop and ask what she was doing, but that they loved BK2HK and were happy to receive the goodies. Some people even asked if they could walk around spreading the news with her. Thanks so much Jessica!
I only hope that you will stop and take the time to be kind daily, 365 days of the year…not just 1 week in August. Small acts of kindness sure can go a long way! A simple smile to a stranger, holding the door for others, mailing an uplifting card to someone you know who may need it, calling or better yet visiting your elderly or sick relative in a hospital or nursing home,volunteering even 1 day a month to something that interests you, donating unwanted items, donating to a local food bank, bringing doughnuts to your local police, ambulance or fire department to say “Thank you” for all that they do for the community. There are thousands of ways to show kindness…so please share your gifts of kindness to those around you. Make your corner of the world a better place! Decide to be Kind!
I know you are a kindhearted person otherwise you would not be interested in visiting our site! So thank you and Happy BK2HK to you! Be Kind to Humankind is celebrating its 24th year in existence this year! Wow. It is hard to believe.
This uplifting celebration and focus on kindness began in August of 1988. Sometime in the fall of that year my husband came home from the library (yep we did any and all of our research at the library. Very few people had personal computers back then), and he said to me, “I was looking at a reference book in the library called Chases Book of Annual Events and it had all of these special celebrations in it. I brought you home a copy of the request form for you to fill out. Maybe they will publish your celebration”. So I filled out the form and mailed it in. A couple of weeks later I received a letter in the mail from Chase accepting my request! It has been in their book now for 23 years! Because of Chase, BK2HK really took off publicity wise. I was conducting numerous telephone radio interviews along with newspaper interviews. BK2HK was publicized in many books, magazines and newspapers at the time.
I laugh when I remember the day my dad called me and said “Did you look in the press today? Your Be Kind To Humankind Week is in there!!!” He sadly passed away in 1990 at the age of 60 years old so he never had the opportunity to see just how far BK2HK has come! If only he knew that one day it would be celebrated worldwide! So with that being said…I thank you again for checking us out and I can only hope that you will always remember that 1 person CAN make a huge difference in this world.
Our summer may be coming to an end soon, however the need for blood at your local American Red Cross Center is still necessary!
If it weren’t for my new prosthetic knee which was put in this past February, I would be continuing to give blood every 56 days. So please be so kind and save a life by donating blood!
Thank you and enjoy the rest of the summer!
Say your prayers. Dot your I’s and cross your T’s. Don’t believe everything you hear. Always wear clean underwear. Never run with scissors. Say please and thank you. Turn the other cheek. Listen to your elders. Be kind to others. Say you’re sorry. Use your napkin. Do as you are told. Play fair. Wait your turn. Don’t spit. Brush your teeth. Tell the truth .Eat your vegetables.
This summer has proven to become quite a challenge for us to stay cool and kind and for those of us living within the weather band of extremely high temperatures and humidity it has been especially difficult!
Not only is it hot outside but we can also become hot-under-the-collar and totally impatient with just about everything and everyone! Work relations, personal relations and our daily interactions with strangers can become stressed and just plain intolerable at times!
These are the moments I ask you to challenge a difficult situation and try as hard as you can to find patience and tolerance within yourself and be kind to those whom you encounter. Hold the door for others, give up your seat to one who is standing and may need it more, let the person with fewer groceries or items go ahead of you in line if you have a lot more than they do, allow a car to enter into heavy stand still traffic if it is safe to do so, offer to be a designated driver on a social outing with friends, offer a cold drink to someone who is working in the heat, bring ice coffee and donuts to your Fire Department as a “Thank You” for all of their hard work, share a kind word, share a meaningful compliment, smile at strangers, be an encourager rather than a discourager, apologize when called for, donate blood for The American Red Cross, volunteer for a day at your local nursing home, volunteer doing something helpful for someone. Enjoy more ideas on ways to show kindness by viewing my daily suggestions.